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- Jobseeker by Sleaford Mods
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Well it wasn’t my idea! But I approved of it enormously when it was proposed. So yes, our Album Of The Year 2013 outside-bet winners Sleaford Mods are already back with the first of three 7”s on various cutting hedge labels.
KRAAK sets up concerts, puts out records and do radio shows. They focus on the off-stream left field avant-garde and deconstructed pop music. They unleashed this cheeky little fucker oin the world too. I’ve listened to it three/four times now and it does seem to have slightly different production values to the LP. ‘Jobseeker’ reminds me a little of Sheffield’s equally maligned but quite adorable Fat Truckers, complete with an undeniable Fall-esque gait. The lyrics bleed the usual near comical malaise of disaffection as Jason pops down to the Job Centre to be met with ignorance, conformity and tedium.
Cue barrage of gnarly caustic prose over an excitable synth-punk rumble. It is, quite simply put, piss funny. I think I blushed at least three times. Oh, it’s also as insanely catchy as gonorrhea, but then what did you expect from our beloved Midlands pop minstrels eh? A DIRGE? Fuck off!
Two tracks on the flip. ‘14 Day Court’ is a strange, cyclic lo-fi/hip-hop skank with a fantastic rumbling woody groove. This distinctively timbered ranter manages to squeeze in more worthy targets than ever - “Sonic Youth fan, MBV - If you like feedback that much get a job at the fucking council”. He even gets digs in at legendary Leeds club promoter and renowned wreckhead Dave Beer.
I think the appeal of this band is undeniable, basically as there’s no-one angry, un-self conscious and daring enough to do lairy, abusive, casio-punk with the bite of prime street rap. The world is full of twats, all the new music is shit. That’s why you need Sleaford Mods. Wake up.
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